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CANADA - Penguin Canada

The End We Start From
By (author): Megan Hunter
9780735235021 Hardcover English General Trade FICTION / Dystopian Nov 07, 2017
$25.00 CAD
Active 5.26 x 7.55 x 0.64 in 144 pages Penguin Canada Hamish Hamilton
Aspen Words Literary Prize 2018, Long-listed Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers Award 2017, Short-listed
An indelible and elemental debut—a lyrical vision of the strangeness and beauty of new motherhood, and a tale of endurance in the face of unimaginable change.

In the midst of a mysterious environmental crisis, as London is submerged below flood waters, a woman gives birth to her first child, Z. Days later, the family is forced to leave their home in search of safety. As they move from place to place, shelter to shelter, their journey traces both fear and wonder as Z’s small fists grasp at the things he sees, as he grows and stretches, thriving and content against all the odds.

This is a story of new motherhood in a terrifying setting: a familiar world made dangerous and unstable, its people forced to become refugees. Startlingly beautiful, Megan Hunter’s The End We Start From is a gripping novel that paints an imagined future as realistic as it is frightening. And yet, though the country is falling apart around them, this family’s world—of new life and new hope—sings with love.

INTERNATIONAL BUZZ: Pre-empted by publishers around the world within days of the 2016 London Book Fair

THE READ: A gripping, propulsive read and a masterful work of literary fiction. Readers won’t be able to put this one down.

KEY PARTNERSHIP: We we have a strong partner in Grove Atlantic in the U.S. and Pan Macmillan in the U.K.

KEY ENDORSEMENTS: Emily St. John Mandel, Tracy Chevalier, Jim Crace, and Hannah Kent all love this book.

THE PERFECT GIFT: Beautiful and powerful little books are having a big moment. It would make a great stocking stuffer, last-minute purchase, and holiday read.

ON TREND - This debut falls squarely into the dystopian trend that we are seeing increase with each passing day (and each episode of The Handmaid’s Tale!).

Megan Hunter was born in Manchester in 1984, and now lives in Cambridge with her young family. She has a BA in English Literature from Sussex University, and an MPhil in English Literature: Criticism and Culture from Jesus College, Cambridge. Her poetry has been shortlisted for the Bridport Prize. The End We Start From is her first book.

Author Residence: Cambridge, UK

Author Hometown: Manchester, UK

Marketing: Extensive Facebook and Instagram content pre-sale and at publication

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The End We Start From is a beautifully spare, haunting meditation on the persistence of life after catastrophe. I loved it.”—Emily St. John Mandel, author of Station Eleven

The End We Start From is strange and powerful, and very apt for these uncertain times. I was moved, terrified, uplifted—sometimes all three at once. It takes skill to manage that, and Hunter has a poet’s understanding of how to make each word count.”—Tracy Chevalier, author of Girl With a Pearl Earring

“Extraordinary. Megan Hunter’s prose is exquisite, her depiction of a world descending into chaos is frighteningly real, and yet, it is her portrayal of motherhood—that tender-terrifying experience of bringing a child into a world—that has remained with me. The End We Start From is an incredible, original exploration of all that beauty, boredom and bewilderment. I read it in one sitting, and was deeply moved.”—Hannah Kent, author of Burial Rites and The Good People

“I can’t remember ever having read a novel quite as sparing or as daring as Megan Hunter’s The End We Start From, or one that delivers so mighty an impact from such delicate materials. It is a moving, wistful and compelling debut.”—Jim Crace, author of Harvest

The End We Start From is so good and clever: a beautiful, timely book about survival (both domestic and global) shot through with hope and humanity.”—Lisa Owens, author of Not Working


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